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The UN's post-2015 development agenda and leadership

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AAAA
Addis Ababa Action Agenda
DaO
Delivering as One
FDI
Foreign Direct Investment
FfD
Financing for Development
G20
Group of 20 major world economies
GAVI
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
GDP
Gross Domestic Product
MDGs
Millennium Development Goals
MINUSTAH
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti
NGOs
Non-Governmental Organizations
ODA
Official Development Assistance
OWG
Open Working Group
SDGs
Sustainable Development Goals
UN
The United Nations
UNDP
UN Development Programme
UNDS
UN Development System
Ban Ki-Moon
The 8th and current UN Secretary-General.
He took office on January 1, 2007, after being foreign
minister of South Korea for two years.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
The 6th UN Secretary-General
(1992-96). Before that, he was the Vice Foreign
Minister of Egypt.
Margaret Joan Anstee
Former UN Under-Secretary
General, Anstee worked in the UN system for 40 years,
in a variety of positions and roles.
Economic and Social Council
A UN group, it serves
as a forum for discussions on international economic
and social issues.
Every Woman, Every Child
Launched by Ban Kimoon
during the UN MDGs Summit in September 2010,
Every Woman Every Child aimed at saving the lives of
16 million women and children by 2015.
General Assembly
The principal organ of the UN,
the assembly is composed of representatives for all UN member states. It convenes to discuss topics such as on world peace, elections of the Secretary-General and other key global issues.
Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)
Launched
by Ban Ki-moon in September 2012, the five-year GEFI
aimed to put quality, relevant and transformative education
at the heart of the social, political and development
agendas.
Global North/South
Refers to the socio-economic
divide between the mostly developed countries in the
northern hemisphere versus the mostly underdeveloped
countries of the southern hemisphere.
High Level Committee on Programmes
A UN inter-agency
coordination mechanism, it promotes system-wide
cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Global Compact
A UN initiative started by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the compact is made up of 10,000 world corporations that develop a global blueprint for businesses to follow with regard to human and labor rights, environmental issues and transparency.
Green Climate Fund
A UN fund focused on helping
developing countries with issues involving climate
change.
Human Rights Council
A UN inter-governmental body that meets to discuss global human rights issues and make recommendations when those rights are being violated in a certain region or country.
Inter-Agency and Expert Group
A UN group created
in order to ensure that the goals spelled out in the SDGs
were being monitored across the globe.
International Criminal Court
An inter-governmental
organization, it has been given the authority to prosecute
individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and
others, within countries that agreed to Rome Statute of
the International Criminal Court.
International Labor Organization
An institution devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. It helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working
conditions that give working people and business people
a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.
Kofi Annan
The 7th UN Secretary-General (1997- 2006). He was the co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in building a more peaceful world.
Mark Malloch-Brown
Former UN Deputy Secretary-General, he has served within the UN as an administrator and commissioner of several different organizations. Before joining the UN, he was the Minister of State for the British Government.
Peacebuilding Commission:
Established in 2005, the
commission is an inter-governmental group that advises
countries on peace building in a post-conflict environment.
They help with issues such as recovery and reconstruction
of the country and monitoring of human rights.
Primus inter Pares
A Latin phrase meaning "first
among equals."
Rio+20
Short for United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012-20 years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At the Conference, world leaders came together to shape how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.
Sir Robert Jackson
A UN administrator, he published
the "Capacity Study".
Secretary-General
It is the highest position in the UN.
The candidates for the position are put forward by the
Security Council and approved by the General Assembly
for a 5-year term.
Security Council
It is one of the main UN inter-governmental
groups made up of permanent representatives
from the U.S., Russia, Great Britain, France, China and
10 other countries that are cycled through every two
years.
Sine qua non
A Latin phrase that meaning an indispensable
condition, element or factor.
Sustainable Energy for All
Launched by Ban Kimoon in September 2011, Sustainable Energy for All is a global initiative that mobilizes action from all sectors of society to provide universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Trygve Lie
The 1st UN Secretary-General (1946-52).
Before that, he was the Norwegian Minister of Foreign
Affairs.
UN University
It is the academic arm of the UN, primarily
researching and educating on the environment,
peace and sustainability, and economics.
UN Women
A UN organization that seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women around
the globe. The group was founded in 2010 by merging four different UN agencies.
World Bank
An international organization that provides
loans to developing countries for programs involving
foreign investment, international trade, and building
of infrastructure.
World Economic Forum
A meeting in Switzerland
with more than 2,000 world business leaders, politicians
and journalists to discuss international economics
issues.
World Trade Organization
An international organization founded in 1995 to promote a freer international trade environment.